South Sudan’s government lifts partial lockdown

South Sudan’s National Task Force on Coronavirus has lifted a partial lockdown as the country records low figures of Covid-19 infection.

The restrictions measure introduced in February banned many businesses except the ones dealing in basic commodities like medicines and foods.

Earlier this week, experts said Covid-19 situation in the country was not alarming and advised for lifting the partial lockdown.

On Wednesday, 11 tested people positive for the virus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 10,416 including 114 deaths, data on the ministry of health website show.  

“After a thorough consultation with stakeholders, it gives me a great pleasure to announce lifting a one-month Covid-19 partial lockdown that its effectiveness expired on 4th April 2021,” Hussein Abdelbagi, the Vice President for Service Cluster announced it on Wednesday.

Abdelbagi who also leads the National Task Force on Covid-19 urged people to remain cautious and follow health guidelines to stop further spread of the virus.

“However, lifting the partial lockdown doesn’t with easing of the country’s effective measures but to create room for further studies of the situation,” he warned.

last week, the world’s youngest nation started administering 132,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines against Covid-19 it received from COVAX facility on 25 March. The country’s health minister, Elizabeth Achuei was the first to get vaccinated against the deadly virus.  President Kiir took his first jab a week later.